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Book Review: Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar

August 6, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Precious You by Helen Monks Takhar

I have a confession to make. When I’m perusing the shelves in my local bookshop, I usually pass on the section marked ‘Thriller’.

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“I was writing, somehow I was writing.” Northern Soul’s Lyndsey Skinner on winning the Sid Chaplin award

July 4, 2019 Comments Off on “I was writing, somehow I was writing.” Northern Soul’s Lyndsey Skinner on winning the Sid Chaplin award

On the wall above my desk is a quote from Virginia Woolf.

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Brassica oleracea L. var capitata Marner Fruerot 'early red'. [Brassica oleracea Capitata Group]. [cabbage; Savoy cabbage, red cabbage]. Watercolour on paper. Grenfell Gold Medal, 2010.

Photo Gallery: RHS Botanical Illustration, The Gold Medal Winners by Charlotte Brooks

June 24, 2019 Comments Off on Photo Gallery: RHS Botanical Illustration, The Gold Medal Winners by Charlotte Brooks

Fan of all things flora and fauna? Then why not take a look at this new release from ACC publishers called RHS Botanical Illustration, The Gold Medal Winners by Charlotte Brooks.

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Animals Eat Each Other

Book Review: Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash

May 21, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash

This might sound weird but I love reading books where I spend time with objectionable fictional people.

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Seaside Special Postcards From The Edge

Book Review – Seaside Special: Postcards from The Edge, edited by Jenn Ashworth

May 9, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review – Seaside Special: Postcards from The Edge, edited by Jenn Ashworth

Last night my wife couldn’t sleep so I read her a story. Then I had to read her another one because the first one wasn’t conducive to restful dreams.

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Don't Hold My Head Down

Book Review: Don’t Hold My Head Down by Lucy-Anne Holmes

May 4, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Don’t Hold My Head Down by Lucy-Anne Holmes

Sex sells. But if you expect Don’t Hold My Head Down to be a titillating read full of soft-core anecdotes, then you’ll be (somewhat) disappointed.

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Paul Mason

“Progress will win.” Journalist and author Paul Mason talks to Northern Soul

April 29, 2019 Comments Off on “Progress will win.” Journalist and author Paul Mason talks to Northern Soul

Paul Mason’s latest book, Clear Bright Future: A Radical Defence of the Human Being, comes in at 300 pages followed by 20 pages of notes then a delicious 36-page index (Marx and Marxism fills a page).

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Water Shall Refuse Them

Book Review: Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy

April 17, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardy
I’m a wimp. As the first to dive behind a cushion when a scary bit comes on the telly (I’ve been an embarrassment to my family ever since the Jurassic Park incident of 1993), I point-blank refuse to watch anything that can be filed under ‘horror’. But, strangely, I love me a spooky read. From Daphne du Maurier’s Don’t Look Now and Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle to Han Kang’s The Vegetarian and Jenn Ashworth’s Cold Light, I’m drawn to frightening tales penned by women and often with female characters at their core.
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On The Come Up, Angie Thomas

Book Review: On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

March 23, 2019 Comments Off on Book Review: On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

When I first saw Young Adult author Angie Thomas at Waterstones, I cried.

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Henry Normal The Department of Lost Wishes

Poetry Review: The Department of Lost Wishes by Henry Normal; I Can Draw My Alphabet by Tony Walsh and Paul Neads

March 15, 2019 Comments Off on Poetry Review: The Department of Lost Wishes by Henry Normal; I Can Draw My Alphabet by Tony Walsh and Paul Neads

Word of warning: do not read Henry Normal‘s new poetry collection on the bus, even if you’ve been waiting a whole damn hour.

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